In this new addition to the Readings series, Zechariah is understood as a character in the text, and the text of Zechariah is interpreted as part of a larger literary whole: the scroll of the twelve minor prophets. The text is approached as a literary collage requiring the active involvement of the reader in its configuration. When reading Zechariah, Conrad sees not angelic beings but prophets in a new guise. What others see as fantastic forays into another world he sees as images of the temple. While some have regarded Zechariah as a stage, even if an initial one, in the history of thought termed 'apocalyptic', here it is understood as a literature that tells a story in which prophets are portrayed as messengers speaking for Yahweh who is present with them in Jerusalem.
About the Author
Edgar W. Conrad is Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland.